His masters voice…

Another day another U turn by the government. First it was plain packaging for cigarettes, now it’s minimum alcohol pricing (Though only in England and Wales as the Scots have their own puritans to put up with) I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about why the measure was dropped, but the real reason is that Cameron’s masters said no.

BBC.

The government has shelved plans to introduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in England and Wales.
Minister Jeremy Browne said the policy would remain “under consideration” but there were fears the change would hit responsible drinkers.
A ban on multi-buy promotions has been rejected but sales will not be allowed below the cost of alcohol duty and VAT.
Labour said the government had done a U-turn on a flagship policy that both the PM and home secretary had backed.
Mr Browne said problem drinking turned towns and cities into effective “no-go areas” for many people, was seen as instrumental in many violent attacks and cost the taxpayer £21bn a year in crime and health issues.

Usual bollocks by Labour, the real reason most people drink and get into bother is the fact that politicians have made us so bloody miserable. There are laws to deal with drunks and drunken behaviour, might make a change to actually apply them rather than dance around the edges.

Anyhoo… The real reason Cameron dropped the measure is that what was proposed was against EU laws and we all know despite what he says, Cameron is in love with the stinking corrupt edifice. So having been unable to find a way around EU law, he was forced to drop the measure. Not that I’d expect you to read that in the MSM but as far as I can tell that’s the real reason.

That the measure was manifestly unfair to responsible drinkers made not one jot of difference to the control freaks who infest parliament and if you read the full article you can read the dribble they come out with though it is nausea inducing.

Interfering with freedom of choice is always a risky business for any organisation, unfortunately, politicians cannot seem to learn this lesson and find more and more ways to interfere.

Then they wonder why they lose power…

5 comments for “His masters voice…

  1. July 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Quick U-turn when the EU says so….

  2. Mudplugger
    July 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    But if the Jocks decide to implement it, regardless of EUSSR preferences, we could soon see booze-run warehouses lining all the south side of Hadrian’s Wall. What jolly japes.

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    July 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    XX Mr Browne said problem drinking turned towns and cities into effective “no-go areas” for many people, was seen as instrumental in many violent attacks. XX

    I though muslims were forbidden to drink?

    • Mudplugger
      July 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Only when someone’s looking.

      Among the upper echelons of Islamic Pakistani society for example, especially government officials, drinks cabinets are widely available and heavily used. Among the lower orders, spirits, particularly vodka, are favoured – the Imam or other ‘belivers’ can’t smell that on you. It’s simple hipocrisy, nothing less.

      Some of the brainwashed masses go along with it but you’re far more likely to encounter booze near the minarets than a bacon-butty at the synagogue.

  4. James Strong
    July 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    When I worked in Kuwait, 25 years ago, my boss told me that I could get into real trouble if I was caught trying to smuggle booze into the country. On the other hand if I tried to get pork or ham in it might be confiscated or it might even not be ‘seen’.
    The reasoning: the authorities knew I could never sell pork or ham to a Kuwaiti but could easily sell a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label.

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